JTNews puts Zucchini before captured Israeli soldier
Jews and lovers of Israel suffered another body blow this past Friday as news began to filter out of the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. A photograph of the young IDF officer spread like wildfire across the internet, giving a face to a name we had only just learned. Pro-Israel social media was immediately flooded with prayers of hope and expressions of grave concern for Ltnt. Hadar Golding who it was later determined had been killed in combat.
Seattle Jewish Federation’s JTNews, long a magnet of criticism for what some consider an anti-Israel editorial policy, included mention of Lt. Goldin’s kidnapping in their “3 O’ clock News” email, following a prominent article for a new vegetable recipe.
Members of the local Israeli community were incensed by the callous layout prioritizing Spicy Zucchini over the tragedy involving a Jewish soldier believed kidnapped by Hamas terrorists.
Ronen Berenboim, a transplanted native of Haifa now living in the Seattle area was indignant at the callousness of the newspaper. He shared his disfavor on the JTNews Facebook page this past Friday. “A Zucchini recipe before a kidnapped Israeli soldier?! Are these the right priorities for a Jewish newspaper at this time of war?”
“A Zucchini recipe before a kidnapped Israeli soldier?! Are these the right priorities for a Jewish newspaper at this time of war?”
In an unapologetic response to a complaint sent him by a local Israeli, JTNews’ editor Joel Magalnick defended his editorial decision to highlight a Zuchini recipe over the abduction of an Israeli soldier, Magalnick said “Sometimes too much is too much. Not everyone wants to read about the war day in and day out.”
“Sometimes too much is too much. Not everyone wants to read about the war day in and day out.”
Berenboim offered a one word answer to Magalnick’s languid response, “despicable”. Another local Israeli transplant who asked not to be named shared her thoughts on a Facebook page for Israelis living in the Seattle area “בושה וחרפה, a shame and a disgrace”. Indeed.